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10 Effective Prayers To Change Your Life

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Think about all the things that are near and dear to your heart. Now think about how effective prayers can change those things and make them better.

Prayer releases the power of the Holy Spirit and energizes the heart of the believer.

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Can prayer really change the circumstances in our lives and the lives of others? The Bible says “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” James 5:16

Consistent prayer keeps us praying in God’s will and releases His power in our lives and the lives of those we are praying for.

The power of prayer can transform our lives and any situation. Nothing is impossible with God. He has not changed and nothing is too hard for God!

10 Effective Prayers To Change Your Life

  • 1. Effective prayer brings us Salvation – Romans 10:13 “for, Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
  • 2. Effective prayer intercedes for others – Matthew 5:44 “But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”
  • 3. Effective prayer brings Spiritual Growth – 2 Peter 3:18 “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
  • 4. Effective prayer is how we communicate with God – Hebrews 4:16 “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
  • 5. Effective prayer gives us freedom from fear and anxiety– Philippians 4:6-7 “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of god, which surpasses all understtanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
  • 6. Effective prayer reminds of us God’s presence – Isaiah 41:13 “For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.”
  • 7. Effective prayer keeps our attention on God – Psalm 19:14 “Let the ords of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.”
  • 8. Effective prayer protects us and keeps us from evil – Psalm 121:7-8 “The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.”
  • 9. Effective prayer changes things – James 5:16 “The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”
  • 10. Effective prayer gives you hope – Romans 15:13 “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”
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Examples of how to start an effective prayer

When you are not sure what to pray, then Praying scripture back to God is a great way to start.

Praying scripture helps you start your prayers and it helps to remind you of God’s goodness.

Father you say in your word that You are near to the brokenhearted and save the crused in Spirit” (Psalm 34:18 ESV)

Another way to start praying is by using prayer prompts. Prayer prompts help us to think about topics we may not have considered before.

You can use prayers in the Bible, like the Prayer of Jabez.

Effectiveness of written prayers

Personally, I love to write my prayers. Writing my prayers out helps me to slow down and focus on exactly what I am thinking and feeling at the time.

Writing your prayers out is a great way to keep track of how God answers your prayers. I have found that by writing my prayers out God brings many Bible verses to my mind.

You can even use your written prayers as part of your Bible journaling. Bible journaling for beginners and even those more experienced helps us to keep our focus on God and our prayers.

Written prayers help to strengthen your faith and make your prayers more effective. They remind you of the importance of “hiding His word in my heart”. And as a result, you have a record of answered prayers.

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Women in the Bible who prayed effective prayers

I am so thankful for the stories of real women in the Bible,because they are women who are just like us. This reminds us we are not alone.

Elizabeth, mother of John the Baptist

One woman who prayed was Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist. Luke 1:6 tells us the Elizabeth was considered “righteous in the eyes of God, careful to obey all of the Lord’s commands and regulations.”

Because of her obidence, God answered her prayers for a child.

Hannah

Hannah is another woman who was considered faithful by God and He answered her prayers.

She was heartbroken and cried out to God pleading with Him to give her a child. She wasn’t afraid to be honest with Him about her feelings and openly shared her thoughts and feelings with God in prayer.

The Bible says she wept bitterly and even in her despair she never lost her faith in God’s or His goodness. Because of her faith God answered her prayer and blessed her with a child.

As a matter of fact, Hannah’s prayer inspired me when I was told I could not have children. God has blessed me with 5!

There are many other women whose stories are recorded in the Bible. Prayers of women just like you and me. Women who are wives, mothers, grandmothers, and single.

All of these women prayed in faith, believing that God is good even in their hardest moments. They all believed that God heard their prayers and their faith was rewarded.

These women prayed effective prayers!

Women like Mary, the mother of Jesus, Anna the prophetess, the Canaanite woman, Sarah, Naomi and others.

Keys to praying effective prayers

  1. Be quiet. Have a time when you can have time to just sit and quiet your mind and body in God’s presence.
  2. Believe. Believe that God is good, He loves you, and wants what is best for you. So many times we think of God as judge just waiting to punish us, but He sings his songs of love over you.
  3. Surrender. Surrender your plans, your hopes, and dreams to God. When we completely surrender our lives to God and trust that His plans are for our good, we can trust that He knows what is best.
  4. Be specific. God tells us to bring our request to him. He wants to hear from us. He wants us to come to him as our father. Pray specifically for each person and each request.
  5. Relationship. God is not a genie in a bottle. We have to do our part to have a relationship with God. We must ready our Bibles, pray, and praise Him.
  6. Listen. At some point we must stop talking and listen to God speaking to us. God wants to speak to us. To lead, guide, and direct us but we have to listen. God often speaks to us through His word.
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I hope you find your prayer time to be very meaningful. Growing closer to God and increasing your faith.

Click on the image above to get your copy of prayer pages that you can print and use in your prayer time.

Prayer pages are a great addition to your war binder if you have one or keep with your Bible to record verses God uses to speak to you, write your prayers and keep up with prayer request and answers!

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